tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS March 23, 2012 3:30pm-4:00pm PDT
>> pelley: tonight, the president speaks from the heart about the shooting death of trayvon martin. >> if i had a son, he'd look like like trayvon. >> pelley: mark strassmann has new new information about the neighborhood watch volunteer who killed the unarmed teenager. staff sergeant robert bales is charged with charged with murdering 17 afghan civilians. he could get the death penalty. david martin is following that story. an anna werner on high-level resignations at the komen for the cure breast cancer charity. and "on the road" with steve hartman. the shots seen round the world. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening, it was an extraordinary moment at the white house today.
the president made his first public comments about trayvon martin, the unarmed florida teenager who was shot to death by a neighborhood watch volunteer. president obama spoke not only as the president but as an african american parent. he said "when i think about this boy, i think about my own kids." >> i think all of just to do some soul searching to figure out how does something like this happ happen. and that means that we examine the laws and the context for what happened as well as the specifics of the incident. but my main message is to the parents of trayvon martin. if i had a son, he'd look like trayvon. >> pelley: it was a sunday night a month ago in sanford, florida. ray von martin, a high school student never in trouble with the law, was on on an errand when he caught the eye of neighborhood watch captain george zimmerman.
zimmerman confronted martin. zimmerman says the shooting that resulted was self-defense. today mark strassmann talked to the parents who the president mentioned and to a man who knows zimmerman well. >> 12 >> 12,000 teenagers walked out of miami schools today. that was show of solidarity for t.m., trayvon martin, and his parents tracy martin and sigh breana fulton. >> they're like our crutches. we're able to lean on the supporters and they're standing with us and they're going to stand with us to the end. >> reporter: what has to happen next to get you to where you want to end up? >> >> arrest, trial, conviction. sent sentenced for the murder of trayvon benjamin martin. >> reporter: george zimmerman, who says he shot martin in self-defense, remains free. florida has appointed the new special prosecutor for the case. she and federal she and federal investigators were both were both in sanford, today. does that give you more confidence? >> it
er it lets us know that there will be a thorough investigation and that we have somebody that's impartial and impartial and that's going to do a good job. >> reporter: but federal investigators have yet to interview zimmerman. frank taaffe is his neighborhood. over the last year, they both guarded their subdivision as crime watch volunteers. >> i more or less patrolled this sector right here whereas george took care of the entire complex. i would see him in the evening doing his patrol and we would wave and he would walk his rottweiler through the complex. >> >> reporter: both looking for the same thing, you and he? >> yes. >> yes. and george went above and beyond the call of duty. he was he was diligent. he had a he had a real passion and a concern for the safety of all the residents here in twin lakes. >> reporter: you said he went above and beyond. but did he go too far? >> >> no. >> >> reporter: was george zimmerman racist? >> george zimmerman was not a racist. >> reporter: did he ever use it
will "n" word, racial slurs? >> never. never in my presence. >> reporter: zimmerman was studying criminal justice. his college has now expelled him. but taaffe believes zimmerman's story. does george zimmerman belong in jail? >> no. >> reporter: do you think he did the right thing by confronting trayvon martin? >> yes. >> reporter: you do? >> yes. i would do the same thing. >> >> reporter: like zimmerman, taaffe own asinine millimeter weapon but when he goes on patrol he says he leaves it at home because he believes that outside the home using lethal force has no place. that that said, scott, remember that zimmerman had a concealed weapons permit whereas taaffe does not. >> pelley: mark, i wonder, what did trayvon's parents say when they heard their names mentioned by the president in the rose garden today? >> they said they were touched and humbled by president obama's observation that if he had a son the boy the boy would look like trayvon. bu but one of the points the
parents made to me today, scott, was that any parent regardless of color can relate to their grief. grief. >> p >> pelley: mark, thanks very much. zimmerman was not arrested because of florida's so-called stand your ground law that allows people to use deadly force in self-defense. jeb bush signed the law when he was governor. keeping in mind that we don't have all of the facts in the case yet, bush said today that he believes the law does not apply. as he put it "stand your ground means stand your ground. it doesn't mean chase after somebody who's turned their back the debate about race and crime reminded u reminded us in a controversy in a lot of cities across the country. back in the 1960s, the supreme court ruled that police may stop and search anyone they find suspicious. minorities say they are often singled out. we asked jim axelrod to look at this with the nation's largest police department in new york
city city. >> reporter: ten months ago nicholas peart was walking up his block in harlem on his try the corner deli when he says he was stopped and frisked by police. literally they had you up against the wall? >> yeah. had me up against the wall. i was that close to my destination. >> reporter: and you started less than a hundred yards down the block here? >> yes. they see me come out my building. >> reporter: after an i.d. check peart, a 23-year-old college student who's never been in trouble with the law was released. just like the other half dozen times he says the same thing happened to him over the last seven years. >> walking while black in my community and i'm stoppeded. >> reporter: that's the only offense? >> only >> only offense. >> reporter: walking while black. >> yes. >> reporter: what do you feel like when you walk away from having that happen? >> i feel hopeless and violated >> we have the lowest murder rate of any city in america. >> reporter: new york's police commissioner ray kelly defends
what's called the stop-and-frisk policy which allows officers to detain anyone who they find suspicious. the policy was put in place decades ago to combat a spike in violent crime. n.y.p.d. statistics show 66% of violent crime suspects are africa african american the city claims 53% of those stopped under stop and frisk were black. just 6% were arrested. >> what we're trying to do is save lives and the stop-and-question tactic is certainly not the be all and end all but it's one of the strategies we use to reduce violence. >> reporter: but what i hear you saying is if innocent people get stopped repeatedly that's just the price of doing business. >> well, we certainly hope that it doesn't happen. we hope that they understand we think this is an effective strategy at reducing violence. >> reporter: police officials might say, look, this is how we
keep the neighborhood safe. >> they're creating distrust in this community. no one wants to have anything to do with them. >> reporter: stop-and-frisk certainly has its share of critics in the new york state legislature. a a number of african american and latino lawmakers are trying to gather enough support, scott, to outlaw the practice. >> pelley: jim, thank you. today the u.s. military filed criminal charges in that massacre of afghan civilians. staff sergeant robert bales faces 17 counts of premeditated murder plus six counts each of attempted murder and assault. we asked david martin to take a close look at the case. >> >> reporter: according to the charges, ten of the dead were s.males. all the all the victims were shot to death. death. some of the some of the survivors appear to have been gravely wounded. a a female child, gunshot wound to the head. another female, gunshot wounds to the chest and groin. the maximum sentence for premeditated murder is death. the minimum is life with the
possibility of parole. bales' attorney, john henry brown, has not yet seen the evidence behind the charges but appears to be building his defense around the physical and mental toll of bales' four combat tours. brown says bales was involved in a total of nine roadside bombings, some of which killed or mutilated his or mutilated his fellow soldiers and was once knocked unconscious according to the pentagon, he was one of 12,000 servicemen treated for traumatic brain injury in iraq and afghanistan, but his service record does not list a purple heart for being wounded in action. co court documents show that after bales came back from his second tour in iraq he got in trouble with the law twice-- once for rolling his vehicle and leaving the scene and once for assault, thrust a thrust ago woman's hand into his crotch and kicking her boyfriend. earlier in his army career, bales, who stood 5'9 and weighed 230 pounds, was charged with assaulting a guard at a local
casino. casino. army mental health experts say the surest predictor of future violent behavior is past violent behavior. despite those warning signs, bales was repeatedly cleared for combat. >> pelley: thank you, david. there has been another shakeup at the leading breast cancer charity, susan g. komen for the cure. a doctor stepped down as chairman chairman last night though he will remain on the charity's board. five other komen executives have resigned following the controversy over the charity's plan-- now rescinded-- to cut off funding to planned parenthood. we asked we asked anna we werer to look into this. >> reporter: in los angeles, local komen organizers prepped for tomorrow's race for the cure. 15,000 volunteers are expected to help raise money for-to-fight breast cancer. >> it takes your breath away. it... i get very emotional, actually, when i think about it. >> reporter: but some local komen chapters have seen a drop in donations in the two months
since the national office cut and then reinstated funding to planned planned parenthood clinics. organizers of sunday's race for the cure in the cure in tucson, arizona, have generated less than half of their $700,000 goal. two major fund-raisers in new york have been postponed due to uncertainty over fund-raising. >> i >> i wouldn't want to be a part of an organization that has made such a terrible political mistake. >> repor >> reporter: eve ellis sat on komen's new york city board and raised more than a quarter million dollars. but but now says to restore trust topped a minute administrators-- including the national foundation's board and founder and chief executive nancy brinker-- must leave. >> besides being sad and besides being angry, i was also embarrassed because i had raised this money for an organization that seemed to be different from what i thought it was. >> there's been a lot of questions. >> reporter: dallas affiliate board president terri swain says she's been hearing from texas donors. thei their big fund raidsing race is
in the fall. have you had people saying "i'm not sure i want to give you any more money"? >> we've had some donors saying that, yes. >> reporter: and how successful have you been in terms of turning them back around? >> well, we won't really see it until we do most of our fund-raising but i think we have the opportunity to turn people's fe feelings around. >> reporter: now komen foundation officials declined our interview requests, but, scott, a spokeswoman did tell us that they know people are upset with them. she asks that potential donors think about fighting breast cancer. as she put it "be mad at us but don't be mad at the women." >> pelley: anna, thank you very much. how the health care law is working on the eve of the supreme court challenge. what pope benedict xvi took with him on his visit to mexico. and "on and "on the road" and in the air with steve hartman when the "cbs evening news" continues.
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>> reporter: 23-year-old terry wallace has been looking for work for a year. despite the tough job market, though, he does have peace of mind in one area. do you remember when you discovered that because of the health care reform law that you we were going to be able to be on your your parents' health insurance plan? >> i do remember. >> reporter: what was your reaction? >> >> yes! (laughs) happy. >> reporter: great relief? >> yes. yes. yes. >> reporter: under the health care reform law, insurance companies are required to allow people under 26 years old to remain on their parents' plans-- a great a great relief for wallace, becaus because he has asthma. >> it would be hard to survive without this. this is a lifesaver. >> reporter: his asthma drugs cost about $65 a month with insurance. without insurance it would be two to three times that. if you did not have health insurance now would you be able to afford your asthma medicine? >> no. most definitely not. >> reporter: two other popular provisio provisions of the health care law have also already kicked in.
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>> reporter: of course, it can take dozens of tries just to make one shot. but tyler is aspecially adept at it. born with a hoop in his crib, he went on to play high school basketball and was quarter back on the football team-- an ideal arill set for this particular brand of craziness. this next one especially. >> this is the world's largest basketball throw. >> reporter: from the third deck of the football stadium. >> yes! what? >> reporter: after this there wasn't much left to make but money. money. >> just said high to the vice president of pepsi. >> reporter: when we last visited the guys a couple years ago they were trying to parlay this into a career. and i remember thinking to myself "a career? now that's a long shot." but they were but they were convinced they could get sponsorships, maybe even write a book or make a video game. so what did become of them? well, here's the book. the video game.
and, and, of course, the sponsorship. the guys who go by the name "dude perfect" have continued to come up with even more outrageous, some down right ingenious ways to put a ball through a hoop. they now travel the country making shots after shot after ridiculous shot. >> yes! >> reporter: although each video raises the bar, this weekend, we weather permitting, they will try to elevate their game to a whole other level and if they make the blimp shot safe to say that will never be topped-- at le least not without the cooperation of nasa. steve hartman on the road in college station, texas. >> pelley: three points. that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, i'm scott pelley. i'll see you sunday on "60 minutes."